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Alligator hunting opens

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's alligator hunting program kicks off its sixth year with hunts over the next two weekends at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

In six seasons, wildlife officials say 297 alligators have been killed on the reservoir - an average of 59 per year with a low of 30 in 2005 and a high of 96 last September.

There is a limit of 2 with the mandatory killing of an alligator measuring between four and seven feet before taking a bigger one.

Ricky Flynt, the program developer and coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the alligator hunts have been successful because no injuries have been reported.

And, he said, even with the nearly 300 alligators gone, the population on Barnett Reservoir is classified as abundant.

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